Classical Studies


Brandon Alakas, Assistant Professor (English)

Ph.D., Queen's University
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A. (Honours), Queen's University


Brandon Alakas teaches courses on classical and medieval literature. His long-standing interest in Latin literature in particular is fuelled by his research on monastic culture. He has published on Latin historiography but his current work examines devotional literature written immediately before the English Reformation. When not reading or writing about monks, Brandon tries to make time for his excessive number of hobbies, which include language learning, cooking, and running.

Erin Edward Garvin, Continuing Lecturer (English)

Ph.D., University of Alberta
M.A., University of Calgary
B.A., University of Calgary


Erin Garvin teaches Greek and Roman Myth and an Introduction to Ancient Greece.  Generally, Garvin is interested in the narrated past, the ways in which narrative serves as a function of persuasion. More specifically, he studies the origins and evolution of the genre of historical literature in Herodotus, Thucydides and other Greek and Latin writers. His secondary field is political and military history.